Transitional Burials in Late Antique Villas in the North-Western Provinces: Assessing Distributions and Characteristics

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Abstract

The end of the villa landscape in the north-western Roman provinces is characterized by significant transformation. One facet is the use of the villa complex and its surrounding area for funerary purposes. Traditionally, these burials have been divided into large-scale reuse of sites in the Migration period and small-scale transitional burials. The study of the latter has previously often been misguided or neglected. In this article, the author examines these transitional burials, addresses their historical background, and presents a new approach for assessing the scale, temporal distribution, and characteristics of a group of sites with funerary evidence in Belgica, Britannia, and the Germanic provinces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-88
Number of pages21
JournalEuropean Journal of Archaeology
Volume24
Issue number1
Early online date15 Jul 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

Keywords

  • burial traditions
  • Late Antiquity
  • Migration period
  • north-western provinces
  • rural settlement
  • villa transformation

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